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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

The Independent Investor: China's role in Iran
By Bill Schmick,
04:40PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
The de-escalation of the potential conflict between Iran and the United States sent markets higher this week. It could have turned out much differently. The question is why did the situation  defused so rapidly, and who really is responsible for that outcome? I'm thinking it was China.   Taking out the number two guy in Iran, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone attack last week was a highly provocative move. The world expected push-back from Iran and feared a tit-for-tat escalation on both sides. That didn't happen. Sure, the Iranians did lob a dozen-plus missiles at two military bases across their border into Iraq, but relatively little damage resulted from that


It Takes A Village Administers Daycare Subsidies in Hilltowns
03:10PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

CUMMINGTON, Mass. — It Takes a Village, a local nonprofit organization, will now administer a special program for low- and moderate-income families in the Hilltowns to help with the high costs of daycare, preschool, and before- and after-school care.

The Hilltown Childcare Subsidy Program is funded by a Community Development Block Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development and provided to the Town of Chesterfield. Families living in Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Peru, Worthington, or Williamsburg where the parents or guardians are working, in school, or in a work-training program could be eligible for a subsidy to help cover all or


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Berkshires Beat: Community Members Donate Guided Technology for PICC Line Placement
03:06PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
SVMC donation

The Interventional and Perioperative Services Departments at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center received a special gift from donors Bob and Anne Farrara of Eagle Bridge, N.Y. The couple donated $10,000 for the purchase of an Arrow Vascular Positioning System (VPS) G4 Device from Teleflex. The machine expedites the placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter lines—a long thin tube inserted into a vein in the heart. PICC lines remain in place long term and provide clinicians convenient access to deliver intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nutrition, or medications or to draw blood over several encounters without the need for a needle stick.

"Everyone’s heart


'Little Women': The Halberstadter Excuse
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
The seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," exquisitely chiseled to fully expected, classic standards by director-writer Greta Gerwig, jogged my memory. I specifically remember the exact day in Dr. Halberstadter's class at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College when the good professor warned us that upon occasion even the best of us would have our objectivity challenged.    Wearing the Mr. Chips-like tweed suit I was certain I'd one day emulate should I follow his path into academia, the doc wrote "In Cold Blood" on the blackboard and launched into his diatribe: "I hate this recently released movie based on Truman Capote's


Mass Audubon Schedules Vacation Week programs
02:25PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

LENOX, Mass. - Mass Audubon has scheduled programs for both February school vacation - Winter Adventure Vacation Week - and April school vacation - Spring Explorers Vacation Week.

Winter Adventure Vacation Week will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday, Feb. 17, through Friday, Feb. 21, at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, in Lenox. Instructors will be Max Galdos-Shapiro, the Berkshire Sanctuaries education coordinator, and naturalist Zach Adams. Suitable for children ages 7 to 12, the week will help children learn about wildlife that stays active in the cold and snow, and the adaptations that enable them to survive. Depending on the conditions, kids will


Open Enrollment Runs Through Jan. 23
11:48AM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Open Enrollment period in Massachusetts for getting (and keeping) ACA insurance coverage runs through Jan. 23, and CHP can help.

Making an in-person appointment with a CHP application counselor is the easiest way to get – and keep – your health insurance in 2020, whether or not you are a CHP patient.

In Massachusetts, more than 95 percent of residents have health insurance. But each year, residents covered by a Massachusetts Health Connector Plan (ACA, or Obamacare) must re-enroll in their existing plans or pick a new one. Those with no coverage must apply for a plan, or face a state tax penalty.

If you are already enrolled in a subsidized


Berkshire Museum Names New Chief Engagement Officer
11:16AM / Thursday, January 09, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Museum welcomes Hilary Dunne Ferrone as chief engagement officer.

Ferrone has 25 years of experience in nonprofit strategic planning, philanthropy, program development, and management for arts, higher education and government organizations, most recently as the interim director of Institutional Advancement for Bard College at Simon's Rock.

As chief engagement officer, Ferrone will be a key member of the museum leadership team, responsible for all aspects of community engagement, including fundraising, membership, foundation grants, corporate and community partnerships, special events, new program development, and communications.



Clarksburg Officials Still Hoping for School Roof Money
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are still hoping to get funding to fix the roof at Clarksburg School.    Chairman Ronald Boucher and Select Board member Danielle Luchi voted Wednesday night to send a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito requesting the visit the school to see the work being accomplished there.    "I think they really need to see it firsthand," said Boucher. "I know Patrick Carnevale (director of the governor's Western Massachusetts office) came out and did his thing, but it's — he's not the person that you need to see this."   The town has been advocating for the governor's office


Day of Service Offers Volunteer Opportunities on MLK Holiday
01:32AM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes everyone to join them on Monday, Jan. 20, as the Northern Berkshire community celebrates the life, principles, and ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a "Day of Service."   The day will include presentation of the annual Peacemaker Award to Adams Selectman James Bush.   The day begins at 8:30 a.m. at Venable Gym, located in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Quad, with coffee and pastries. Participants will choose from more than 10 sites to provide service to the community, including: Louison House, Northern Berkshire Family YMCA, weatherization for homes,


Clarksburg Library Wants Talks With Town, School Officials
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Select Board member Jeffrey Levanos, attending as an observer, takes notes as Trustee Chairwoman Debra Bua speaks. 

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The trustees of the Clarksburg Town Library are trying to "clear up a few misconceptions about the town library and its operation."

Trustee Chairwoman Debra Bua had invited members of the Select Board, School Committee and other officials to Tuesday's meeting in hopes of hammering out parking issues and responding to recent comments in the media about library operations.   "It's just upsetting for us to hear and read things from other meetings," said Trustee Patricia Denault. "You know, they want to take


Images Cinema Presents 20th Century Women in Film Series
01:57PM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. In celebration of that historic expansion of voting rights, Images Cinema is presenting a series of films about women's activism and advocacy from then until today.

From January through May, Images will present both narrative and documentary films that highlight woman activist stories. Each film is paired with a woman activist guest speaker or speakers. Regular admission prices apply unless otherwise noted. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St.

"I was inspired to put this series together by the confluence of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and all


Protect Yourself Against Long-term Care Costs
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:05AM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020

If you're fortunate, you'll live independently and in good health throughout your retirement years. However, if you ever needed some type of long-term care, such as a stay in a nursing home, would you be financially prepared?

To answer this question, you may want to evaluate two variables: your likelihood of needing long-term care and the cost of such care. Consider the following:

* Someone turning age 65 today has an almost 70 percent chance of eventually needing some type of long-term care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

* The average cost for a private room in a nursing home is about $100,000 per year, while a home health aide costs about

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